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Everyday Heroes
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Everyday Heroes 

Mindy Chiang -- 'like a mountain stream'
-- by Mudit Garg

"I was brought up to believe that people should help each other. I grew up in the countryside, surrounded by rice fields. The environment there was very much one where everyone worked together and helped each other. The motivation of helping others was instilled in me since birth," explains Mindy Chiang.

There's an old saying that good things in life are best when started early. Mindy is a true example of this. Back in 1987, at the age of 17, she started learning about and promoting Chinese culture through lion dance and folk dance performance. She became part of the management team for the troupe and retired as an advisor in the early nineties. Mindy is still very much involved with her tradition and even knows the Chinese horoscopes really well. She was born in the year of the dog.

Today she is involved in CharityFocus. Deeply impressed by the guiding principles of CharityFocus, the mantra of "Helping others help others" and highly excited by the opportunity it gave her, Mindy devoted herself to its cause.

Two years have passed, and there has been no stopping Mindy in her volunteer pursuits. From establishing new processes, standard procedures and strategies for project teams to evaluating incoming project requests through communications and background research, she has left no aspect of volunteering untouched.

"Some things have to be believed to be seen. The sheer joy, the peace of mind and the sense of fulfillment that accompanies volunteering are too treasured to miss," says Mindy.

Great managerial and interpersonal skills and a caring heart; that is Mindy demystified. Having gone through the toughest of times, she came out more refined and stronger each time. Born and raised in Taiwan, she moved to San Francisco in 1986 at the age of 16. Things weren't easy for her: getting used to a new environment and having to learn a new language. But she loves challenges, and this was just another one. Knocking down the hurdles she encountered along the way, she eventually graduated from UC Berkeley, majoring in East Asian Languages, with an emphasis in Chinese literature.

Service is her passion, pristine and devoted. Like a mountain stream, service admits no impediments. It cannot go backward; it must go forward and farther, filled with life and vigor. And Mindy`s passion is exemplary.

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